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 help mee please!?
Im just 12 years old and i have a lot of scars and a little bit of pimpiles on my back what should i do to let them go away?...


 coconut oil or tea tree?
Hi, recently iv had some kinda rash outbreak on my face. Red spots on forehead, cheeks and on the outer face areas. Never had this prob before and i really want to clear it up because the redness ...


 Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Is there a link between hs and panic attacks?...


 My friend has these weird bumps on her fingers that developed overnight. They burn when you touch them...?
they look like little blisters and some have a dark spot in the middle of them. She is also pregnant, and very worried it will harm the baby. Could it just be an allergic reaction? Or what could it ...


 skin too stretchy?
Normally, I look really skinny, even with no shirt on. I have a very high motabolism and practally no fat on me, but when I sit down my skin actally overlaps itself. Because of this I have several ...


 I've been bitten by mosquitos on my face and have an allergic reaction - I itch and it's spreading!?
I always get really itchy whenever I get bit, but this time on my face it is so bad it has spread to my neck. What can I use to stop the itching? It is literally driving me crazy! I've tried ...


 really bad scars on my arm, used to cut, i can't stand them anymore..?
i would like to know what has worked for people with really bad scars, i used to cut my self on one arm so i have like 10 really noticable ones. i bought mederma but it was really hard to put on 10 ...


 I have acne and oily skin in the worst way.?
The only products that have worked 4 me w/out drying my skin is Mary Kay. The acne question seems to come continuously. If I tell someone that Mary Kay (oops I said it again)
works for me, I ...


 Red spots ALL OVER!?
Help, I have red spots all over my legs, arms, and butt.

PLEASE HELP!
Its urgent!...


 Help me make Blackheads....Dissapear?
I have blackheads on my nose, and its really getting annoying. Is there any cheap and easy way to get rid of them. I'm deff. not a person who's up for trying cleansers and stuff. I would ...


 what reduces blemishes????
...


 best anti-aging and anti-cellulite products?
out of all the anti-aging products you have used and the anti-cellulite lotions...which has worked the best for you?...


 I have a minor-case of eczima. Does anyone know any 'home-remedies' to get rid of it? Any advice is welcome!
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 How can I get rid or lessen my back acne? It's gotten intense the last 3 mnths, well sence I moved to Raleigh
I thought It was the water, maybe stress. I've used plenty of cleaners and astringents. Even a few herbal oils but it isn't helping. I don't want to look nasty now that it's hot ...


 somthing like a rash on the back of my ear?
it looks like a rash, it doesn't hurt or anything, and I don't know how i got it.

The back of my ear is just really red and it has a bunch of bumbs on it. what could it be?...


 Skin problem!!! help!?
this friday, i used narim?? facial wax on my face. it was my first time and i wasn't very good at it. The pain i can cope with, but the problem is after i used it. My skin hurts and when the ...


 I have a rash under my breast?
Which I assume is a sweat rash. I've had it for about 2-3 weeks

Part of it is red and itchy and little spots have come up. The rest seems to have gone a brown colour.

I ...


 Should I get ProActiv?
does ProActiv really work because i am ordering it....


 what is the difference between a sty and a cyst?
...


 acne problem?
yeh well im havin acne pimple problem i have brown skin yeh and my pimples are always sore and thenwen they go down it goes dark and stays there for like 2- 3 weeks how do i prevent this from ...



chihuahua lover
what is that foul smelling drainage coming from a boil.why do i feel relief when it bursts?
                      









deb m
poison, infection its very painful that's why you get instant relief when it bursts


octo
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clowmy
Hi Chili, It's because you have an infection and the drainage is foul smelling because of that. When it bursts you feel a relief from all the pressure that had build up. A Friend.

Clowmy


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A boil, also referred to as a skin abscess, is a localized infection deep in the skin. A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with infection-fighting white blood cells that the body sends from the blood stream to eradicate the infection. This collection of white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus. Finally, the pus "forms a head," which can be surgically opened or spontaneously drain out through the surface of the skin.

There are several different types of boils. Among these are:

Furuncle or carbuncle: This is an abscess in the skin caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. A furuncle can have one or more openings onto the skin and may be associated with a fever or chills.
Cystic acne: This is a type of abscess that is formed when oil ducts become clogged and infected. Cystic acne affects deeper skin tissue that the more superficial inflammation from common acne. Cystic acne is most common on the face and typically occurs in the teenage years.
Hidradenitis suppurativa: This is a condition in which there are multiple abscesses that form under the arm pits and often in the groin area. These areas are a result of local inflammation of the sweat glands. This form of skin infection is difficult to treat with antibiotics alone and typically requires a surgical procedure to remove the involved sweat glands in order to stop the skin inflammation.
Pilonidal cyst: This is a unique kind of abscess that occurs in the crease of the buttocks. Pilonidal cysts often begin as tiny areas of infection in the base of the area of skin from which hair grows (the hair follicle). With irritation from direct pressure over time the inflamed area enlarges to become a firm, painful, tender nodule making it difficult to sit without discomfort. These frequently form after long trips that involve prolonged sitting.

Why do boils occur?

There are many causes of boils. Some boils can be caused by an ingrown hair. Others can form as the result of a splinter or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Others boils, such as those of acne, are caused by plugged sweat glands that become infected.

The skin is an essential part of our immune defense against materials and microbes that are foreign to our body. Any break in the skin, such as a cut or scrape, can develop into an abscess should it then become infected with bacteria.

When should I seek medical attention?

Any boil or abscess in a patient with diabetes or a patient with an underlying illness that can be associated with a weakened immune system (such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) should be evaluated by a healthcare practitioner. Additionally, many medicines, especially prednisone, that suppress the immune system (the natural infection-fighting system of the body) can complicate what would be an otherwise simple boil. Patients who are on such medications should consult their healthcare practitioner if they develop boils. (If you are not sure about your medications' effects on the immune system, your pharmacist may be able to explain to you which medicines to be concerned about.)

Any boil that is associated with a fever should receive medical attention. A "pilonidal cyst," a boil that occurs between the buttocks, is a special case. These almost always require medical treatment including drainage and packing (putting gauze in the opened abscess to assure it continues to drain). Finally, any painful boil that is not rapidly improving should be seen by the healthcare practitioner.


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